The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced the completion of the largest solar system installed in New York City in Staten Island. The 3.1-MW solar array will offset a large portion of the electricity used by Fordham University and Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx, supporting Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s nation-leading clean energy goal mandating 50% of electricity to come from renewable energy sources by 2030.
The announcement was made today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Staten Island. The solar array is comprised of more than 9,000 solar panels and will generate nearly 4 million kWh hours of clean solar energy each year, enough to offset 20% of Fordham University’s electricity use and 37% of Fordham Preparatory School’s use. The ground-mounted system was installed on approximately 10 acres of unused industrial property in Staten Island.
“This new solar installation reflects Fordham University’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and the environment. We were very pleased to be able to partner with Governor Cuomo’s initiative, Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) for New York,” said Marco A. Valera, Vice President for Facilities Management at Fordham University. “In addition to the Staten Island solar array, which will provide 2.6 MW of solar power to the university, we have entered into an agreement with EnterSolar to install a new solar array of approximately 1 MW on the roof our parking facility at our Rose Hill, Bronx, campus. This makes Fordham a leader in solar power both in the state and in the City of New York.”
The solar project uses an arrangement known as remote net metering. Under this arrangement, solar that is installed at one site can offset electric bills for customers at different locations. With the continued cost declines associated with solar energy, the state is committed to ensuring that the policies and regulations that compensate solar production do so in a way that benefits all electric customers while also benefiting the electric grid and delivering the biggest bang for the buck when it comes to reducing carbon emissions.
Governor Cuomo’s $1 billion NY-Sun initiative provided funding for the project. NY-Sun is designed to scale-up solar across the state and move the state closer to a robust and sustainable market for solar energy. Since 2011, solar in New York State has increased more than 1,000 percent and leveraged more than $2.8 billion in private investments. There are more than 12,000 people engaged in solar jobs across New York.
Through private and public partnerships, New York has been successfully reducing the state’s carbon footprint by increasing the number of renewable energy sources statewide. As a cornerstone of Governor Cuomo’s clean energy and climate agenda, ensuring that all New Yorkers benefit from the clean air and economic development benefits of renewable energy resources will be essential as the state transitions to a more resilient, cost effective and modern energy system.
The system was designed, developed and installed by New York City-based EnterSolar. Key Equipment Finance, an affiliate of KeyCorp and one of the largest bank-based equipment finance providers in the country, provided financing for the project, which was also supported by Consolidated Edison, Inc.
“This project is a pinnacle for solar in New York City, and New York State,” said Paul Ahern, President, EnterSolar. “Today, we are demonstrating that solar works and works well in even the most populous of urban environments. We hope that this public/private partnership project serves as an example for how corporations can partner with state & municipal governments and public utilities to promote the deployment of distributed renewable energy generation.”
News item from NYSERDA